SFI 2017 Lecture: Helen Nissenbaum

The Sara Fine Institute is pleased to announce Helen Nissenbaum (Professor, Cornell Tech; Professor, University of New York) will join us on Thursday, November 30 at 3:00 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh’s University Club (Ballroom A).

Headshot_3.15“Privacy as Contextual Integrity and the Case of mHealth”

Abstract: The theory of contextual integrity was tailored to meet the severe challenges to privacy from digital technologies, defining it as a right to appropriate personal information flow, rather than─as often is claimed─a right to stop flow or control it. It conceives of appropriateness as compliance with contextual (social) norms, shaped by ages-old wisdom that regulating the flow of information appropriately not only serves to protect individuals against shame and embarrassment but also to promote core purposes and values of fundamental social domains, such as education, home life, political governance, healthcare, and more. As an account of privacy and its value to individuals and social life, contextual integrity has entered the mainstream. As the basis for solving specific privacy problems in technology design and government regulation, more work is needed. In this talk, focusing on the case of mobile health, I will review key premises of contextual integrity and demonstrate how it can open new avenues for addressing practical privacy challenges in a world increasingly reliant on data.

BIO: Expert in ethical and political implications of digital technologies, Helen Nissenbaum is a professor of information science at Cornell Tech, Cornell University’s new campus in New York City. Her books include Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest, with F. Brunton, Values at Play in Digital Games, with M. Flanagan, and Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life. Recipient of the 2014 Barwise Prize of the American Philosophical Association, Nissenbaum has contributed to privacy-enhancing software: TrackMeNot and AdNauseam, and has earned grants from the US National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and others.  She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University.


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